What’s better than a wedding reception? How about a wedding reception with a milkshake bar!
Adding fun food station elements to weddings, cocktail hours, and receptions are all the rage in 2022, and it’s a trend we can get behind! Food stations are a great way to bring the party with crowd favorites such as tacos, sliders, pasta, and loaded fries.
The push behind food stations leads to more creative menu selections and a shift toward fun chef-interaction experiences for guests. This can be done in various ways, from providing multiple food stations for a full dinner or offering fun extras for late-night snacks or interactive cocktail hours.
For those couples that are foodies, mini-plated stations with individual chef-created plates will wow your guests and enhance your taste buds—the perfect blend of elevated dining in a more casual setting. White Table Catering recommends four mini plate stations to complete a full meal offering alongside appetizer service for a fun chef interaction and culinary experience.
There is only one rule when adding food stations to your wedding: enjoy the experience! Choose something that represents you and your spouse or may have a special meaning to your relationship. Some couples are adding stations to represent cultures, backgrounds, and even first-date memories. Here are some of our favorite trendy food stations in 2023:
1. Pasta Station
Adding a pasta station at your wedding will leave a lasting impression on guests. This one is always a crowd-pleaser because pasta is a universal favorite nearly everyone will love and enjoy. Pasta stations also make it easy to incorporate dietary restrictions – such as offering a gluten-free pasta option.
2. Waffle Bar
Sure, many weddings have open bars, but how many have you attended with a waffle bar? This food station option is sure to be the talk of the night at your grand event! Fun, festive, and classy waffle bars are great for adults and kids to enjoy throughout the evening.
3. Taco Bar
Tacos are often considered a casual meal, but there are plenty of ways to spice it up to bring fun and elegance to your reception! This is another guest favorite regarding food stations in 2023, and it’s easy to see why. Tacos are entirely customizable, meaning guests can choose exactly what they want, from meat to toppings and spice. You’ll be surprised how many guests you’ll see make a second (or third!) trip to the taco bar throughout the night.
4. Milkshake Bar
If looking to keep guests hanging long after dinner is served, a milkshake bar is a perfect way to keep the celebration going! In addition to a dessert table, adding a milkshake bar to your reception is such a fun way to incorporate small touches that leave a lasting impression on guests. Couples can offer simple options, such as vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate, or add additional toppings and add-ons to bring it over the top.
5. Burger & Fries/Poutine
Who doesn’t love burgers and fries? Before guests are ready to dance the night away, you want to ensure they are fully fed and ready to groove! Adding an upscale burger and fry food station to your wedding is precisely the kind of vibe that takes a wedding celebration to the next level. And for those in poutine-loving areas such as Canada, White Table Catering even offers poutine food station options!
Food stations are a fantastic way to upgrade a wedding dinner into a complete culinary experience for guests. Tacos, donuts, burgers, desserts, and milkshakes are just some of the fun and trendy food station options we’re seeing in 2023, but the sky’s the limit! Creating your own unique food station perfect for your celebration is sure to be a blast, no matter which direction you choose.